I noticed some things that never occurred to me before in Luke 12. I thought I’d share some of them.
“1Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”
I’d always thought this was Jesus sharing little pieces of happiness and joy with us. And as always, he partially is. If we are saying things we should be proud of in private, we can look foreward to these coming true.
But there’s a different spin to all this. I don’t think it’s an accident that Luke observes that the crowd begins to trample on one another. And then the first thing out of Jesus mouth? Call it encouragement, call it a warning, whatever. But it’s a promise that who we really are on the inside will be known.
If we’re the sort-of person who behaves himself even in the annyonomity of a crowd: it’ll be known.
If we’re the sort-of person who jostles and tramples others: that too, will be known.
It seems to me that there couldn’t be a more direct paralell to that thing so many of us (myself included) wrestle with, where we leave the church, and we’re not even out of the parking lot, and we’re already starting to struggle with acting Christ-like.
It’s like Jesus says “Today, you can hide behind your tinted windows. But some day everybody will know.”
I’d always taken these verses to indicate that the docrtinal statements we hold in our quiet little meetings will someday be broadcast to the world. The more I read, pray, and understand, though, the more I see this pattern.
We have this tendency to presume or project that the important thing is head knowledge. We emphasize the content of our thoughts. Over and over again, it seems to me that Jesus’ real intent and meaning was about heart knowledge. There’s probably a whole lot in this realization about the modern/post-modern split, but that, I suppose, is another post.